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11 Brits who raced for Ferrari in F1
Italian magazine Autosprint ran a front cover last week featuring Lewis Hamilton striding towards the camera wearing Ferrari overalls. Was the mock image simply wishful thinking from a partisan media whose patience with Sebastian Vettel is wearing thin, or might it not be out of the realms of possibility?
Put yourself in the five-time world champion’s shoes for a moment. One the one hand, he is on top of the world and happy in a Mercedes-Benz team that has consistently given him the best and most competitive F1 car he could wish for. Why the hell would he leave?
He surely wouldn’t for anyone else – but Ferrari? For all his personal interests and rich life away from F1, Hamilton lives for motor racing and will not be immune to the emotional lure of the Scuderia. And to add a title or two for the most famous team of them all – well, that would surely end all GOAT debates for good.
So could he be tempted? Well, stranger things have happened. And if he was, he would join a roster of Brits at Ferrari that is perhaps longer than you might think. Check out the roll-call below.
1 Peter Whitehead
The amateur pre-war racer and RAF pilot is best known in F1 terms as a respected privateer who became the first man to convince Enzo Ferrari to sell him a grand prix car, then ran them in patriotic British Racing Green.
Whitehead’s place on this list is admittedly precarious. Only once was he entered for a world championship grand prix by the factory, at the Swiss GP at Bremgarten in 1950 – and he failed to qualify. But still – he ‘represented’ the Scuderia, even if he never raced, so for us that counts…
5 Cliff Allison
Like Brooks, Allison was part of a stable of new-generation stars hired in 1959 – but after just six races his career at the Scuderia was cut short.
Following a second place in Argentina, Allison was hurled from his cockpit at Monaco and woke up in hospital speaking French, despite never having learned the language…
Sidelined for a year, he finally returned to F1 in a privateer Lotus in 1961, only to break both legs in an accident that ended a once-promising career for good.